Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Register now for The Newport Regatta! (July 9-10)

Registration is now open for The Newport Regatta!
Come and enjoy two days of competitive Laser racing run by a top notch RC.

Register here

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2 New regattas added to the D7 calendar!

June 25th - Laser & Sunfish Regatta - Massapoag Yacht Club Sharon, MA.
Laser sailing on Lake Massapoag. Skippers meeting at 9 am. A cheap and fun event for all ages, with lunch included!  http://www.sailmyc.org/

August 13th - The 19th Annual Crowbar Regatta - Sail Newport Newport, RI.
The Crowbar Regatta is a fundraiser for The Habitat for Humanity. A fun regatta with J/22's with the addition of a Laser start this year.
Enjoy a great day of sailing off of Goat Island and a fun party under the tent at Sail Newport!
No NOR as of yet but until then, if you have any questions contact Steve St. Onge (401) 640-9564 or email at stongemail@gmail.com

Andy Pimental is the 2011 Atlantic Coast Masters Champion!

Atlantic Coast Masters Championship
New Bedford Yacht Club
June 18-19, 2011

Friday’s weather could have turned off anybody from driving long distances to New Bedford – it rained intermittently all day long. However, those 41 sailors who were not deterred were treated to the legendary sailing conditions that Buzzards Bay is known for when a warm and sunny day generates a SW sea breeze of commonly 20+ knots. Saturday’s race day #1, was one of those days, although the sea breeze only made it up to 15 knots. Since the forecast for Sunday was not as favorable, the RC announced at the skippers meeting that they would try to run more than the scheduled 3 races for the day – and they did, stopping after 5 races. The courses were wwd.-lwd. twice around with a short reaching leg from the lwd. gate to the finish line off the bow of the committee boat.

As predicted, Sunday’s sailing conditions were challenging due to a cirrus cloud covered sky preventing the development of a sea breeze strong enough to overcome the gradient northerly, which pretty well hung in until the cut-off time of 3 p.m. Being also an offshore breeze, the wind fluctuated wildly both in speed and direction to the extend that it caused a start delay of over an hour and four postponements only minutes after the start. Finally, a N 10-5 knot “window” opened for what turned out to be the only race of the day. A second race had to be abandoned half way up the first beat when the battle between the northerly and southerly winds reached a stalemate. The beer boat offered a welcome relieve to the sailors, spread out over a wide area in search of the elusive private breeze advantage.

An insufficient number of pre-registered Radials meant that rig-switching was in effect, which only one sailor tried to make use of by switching after the first race. The age divisions were represented by 3 Apprentices, 18 Masters, 12 Grand Masters, and 8 Great Grand Masters. There were 4 women racing across two age divisions.

Congratulations to the 2011 Atlantic Coast Masters Champion, Andy Pimental (M) who beat out Peter Shope (M) on a tie-break.

The top three divisional winners are:
Apprentices: Ben Richardson, MA; David Armitage, RI; Brian Fisher, RI
Masters: Andrew Pimental, RI, Peter Shope, RI, Mark Bear, MA
Grand Masters: Jorge Abreu, DOM, David Frazier, CT, Gary Orkney, CT,
Great Grand Masters: Peter Seidenberg, RI, Joe Van Rossem, CAN, Amnon Gitleson, CT
Women: Lynn Shore, RI, Susie Pegel, WI, Judith Krimski, MA

For the overall and divisional results see Results
-Peter Seidenberg

Monday, June 20, 2011

Championship of Buzzard's Bay, June 25-26th (O'Day Eliminations for Men & Women)

The Winners get to sail at The Gorge!

Come and race on Buzzards Bay Saturday, June 25-Sunday, June 26th. The top female and top male will head on to compete in the O'Days on The Gorge

Skipper's Meeting will be at the New Bedford Community Boating Center on Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 am.

Make sure that you are an active Laser Class Member as well as a US Sailing Member.

The NOR is posted here

Friday, June 10, 2011

Atlantic Coast Masters Championship (June 18-19)

Hello Masters Sailors,

The regatta, scheduled for June 18-19 at the New Bedford Y.C., is only one week away. The warm weather, with temperatures in the 70th, is here to stay. Warm and sunny weather, as everybody knows, generates a beautiful sea breeze on Buzzards Bay. 26 sailors have signed up as of today. There will be one fleet, with rig switching in effect. Radials failed to get the required 15 registrations by the deadline to have their own start.

For the NOR, On-line Registration, and Entry List, please go to the New Bedford Y.C. website www.nbyc.com.

For hotel accommodation, see the NOR and the following two, more economical, suggestions:

Dartmouth Motor Inn, 571 State Rd., North Dartmouth, MA 02747, (508) 997-0008, www.dartinn.com, and

Best Western Dartmouth Inn, 737 State Rd., North Dartmouth, MA 02747, (508) 717-0424, www.bestwestern.com

See you on the water,

Peter Seidenberg

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Laser Weekend in New Hampshire!

Racing on Lake Mascoma

It's going to be a beautiful weekend to do some lake sailing!

Saturday, June 4th -  Lake Mascoma Spring Regatta
Sunday, June 5th - Lake Sunapee Regatta